Our Team

Executive Leadership of Well Living Lab

Brent Bauer, M.D.

Medical Director

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Veronique Roger, M.D.

Research Director

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Barbara Spurrier, M.H.A.

Managing Director

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Well Living Lab Team Members

Sara Aristizabal, Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineering and Physiology

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Roberto Benzo

Behavioral Science

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Kunjoon Byun, M.A.


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Carolina Campanella, Ph.D.

Behavioral Science

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Nicholas Clements, Ph.D.

Building Science

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Eric Heins, B.A., P.M.P.

Director, Business Operations

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Kevin Hovde, M.B.A.

Senior Project Manager

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Laura Kjarland, M.A.

Innovation Coordinator

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Chi Lam, M.S.

Director, Technology

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Suzanne Leaf-Brock, M.A.

Director, Communications and Marketing

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Linhao Li, M.S.

Building Science

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Rylan O’Brien

Research Analyst

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Jeyakumar Raman, M.C.A.

IT Technical Specialist

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Araliya Senerat, M.P.H.


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Sarang Shah, M.S.


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Brant Staven, B.A.


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Carole Wolfe

Administrative Assistant

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Nadia Wood, B.S.C.S.

Technology Architect

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Rongpeng Zhang, Ph.D.

Building Science

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Jie Zhao, Ph.D.

Building Research

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The Well Living Lab has been created by experts in the emerging science of indoor health and wellness. Additional expertise comes into the lab through the Scientific Advisory Council, comprised of national and international experts in a variety of disciplines that complement and advise the ongoing research and studies in the lab.

Nicholas LaRusso, M.D.

Chair, Well Living Lab Scientific Advisory Council + Professor of Medicine, Consultant, Mayo Clinic

Nicholas F. LaRusso, M.D., is the Charles H. Weinman Endowed Professor of Medicine, the former Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) and Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care, and a Distinguished Investigator of the Mayo Foundation.  He has also held positions as Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Medicine (DOM), Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Chair of the DOM, all at Mayo Clinic.

In 2005, while Chair of the DOM, he created the Program in Innovative Health Care Delivery that included SPARC, a multidisciplinary team of designers and project managers embedded in the Mayo Clinic clinical practice. His approach to transforming the experience and delivery of health care is based on the disciplines of innovation and design thinking; it was modeled on the scientific method including observation, hypothesis generation, prototypes and pilots. This effort led to the creation in 2008 of the CFI currently employing over 50 individuals from diverse disciplines. He coauthored a book entitled “Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast” describing the fusion method of innovation that is the hallmark of Mayo’s CFI. Subsequent to launching the CFI, Dr. LaRusso developed the strategy and business plans for Mayo’s Affiliated Network Initiative as well as Mayo’s new Center for Connected Care to extend Mayo’s expertise beyond bricks and mortar.  Dr. LaRusso received his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) from Boston College, his M.D. degree from New York Medical College, and his training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Mayo, the latter as an NIH fellow in the laboratory of Alan Hofmann.  Before assuming a faculty position at Mayo, he was a guest investigator at the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of the Noble laureate, Christian de Duve.  A member of the American Association of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, he is the former editor of GASTROENTEROLOGY and past president of both the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).  Among other honors, he is a recipient of a MERIT Award and the Principle Investigator on two R01s and on a Silvio Conte Digestive Diseases Center grant, all from NIH. He has received Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Mayo Alumni Association and both the AGA and the AASLD, the Distinguished Mentor Award and the Julius Friedenwald Medal from the AGA, and was ranked in the top 1% of physicians in the country by US News and World Report.

Gail Brager, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley

Gail Brager has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a Professor in the Building Science Program of the Dept. of Architecture, at UC Berkeley, and the Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative research center with over 40 industry partners from various sectors of the building industry. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research across multiple dimensions of sustainability addressing the design, operation, and assessment of buildings to simultaneously minimize energy consumption while enhancing indoor environmental quality.  She has particular interests in thermal comfort and adaptation, occupant well-being, natural ventilation and mixed-mode buildings, and personalized environmental control. Among her many service activities, Dr. Brager was the founding Chair of the Research Committee of the US Green Building Council.  She is an ASHRAE Fellow and Past-President of the Golden Gate ASHRAE Chapter.

Jonathan E. Fielding, M.D. M.PH. M.B.A.

Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Pediatrics, Fielding School of Public Health + the Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Jonathan Fielding, M.D., is chair of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and was a founding member of the U.S. Clinical Preventive Services Task Force. He currently is a Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management and Pediatrics in the Fielding School of Public Health and the Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Fielding served for 16 years as the director of public health and health officer for the Los Angeles County. Formerly, he was Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health. Dr. Fielding received board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He served as president and regent for the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has authored or coauthored more than 300 original articles, commentaries, editorials and chapters on various aspects of public health, preventive medicine, and health services. Dr. Fielding is an elected member of the Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and has served on its Population Health and Public Health Practice Board. He is the longstanding editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and a presidentially appointed member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health to the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council. Dr. Fielding also served as a Director and Chair of the National Truth Initiative, dedicated to reducing tobacco use, and a Director of Shatterproof, a non-profit fighting addiction nationally.
Dr. Fielding received his medical degree with honors from Harvard School of Medicine and a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Fielding received his MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Hall, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Dr. Kevin Hall received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda MD. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight. Dr. Hall’s laboratory performs experiments in humans and rodents and develops mathematical models and computer simulations to help design, predict, and interpret experimental data. Dr. Hall is the recipient of the NIH Director’s Award, the NIDDK Director’s Award, the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, the Guyton Award for Excellence in Integrative Physiology from the American Society of Physiology, and his award-winning Body Weight Planner (http://BWPlanner.niddk.nih.gov) has been used by millions of people to help predict how diet and physical activity dynamically interact to affect human body weight.

Bruce Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine and Physiology and a Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic

Bruce Johnson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology and a Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases.  He has joint appointments in Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine as well as in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering.  He is the Director of the Mayo Clinical Research Unit’s Energy Balance Core Laboratory and directs his own research laboratory in human integrative and environmental physiology. The majority of his research has focused on factors limiting human performance in various clinical syndromes, in athletes and under extreme environmental conditions.  He has led field studies in Antarctica, funded through the National Science Foundation, on Mt Aconcagua in Argentina and Mt Everest and studied unique populations such as breath hold divers in Croatia and F22 pilots from the US Air Force. His clinical research focuses on novel methods for detection and tracking chronic disease as well as environmental factors that may be involved in disease risk.  His laboratory also works closely with consumer and medical device companies that track health status through wearable or passive sensing as well as with early phase supplement and pharmaceutical company products.  NIH, DOD, NSF, State of Minnesota and Industry have funded his work.

Kevin Kampschroer

Federal Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, in the US General Services Administration

Kevin Kampschroer has created the framework for which the General Service Administration (GSA) responds to the challenges of improving a diverse and aging portfolio of commercial buildings so that they can serve the mission needs of their occupants, support effective work, and deliver solid financial performance.  He leads GSA’s weather and climate-related risk management and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, concentrating on cost-effective energy and water efficiencies.  His work on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act accomplished the mandate to move GSA’s Federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts—which has doubled the amount of energy conservation from these contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function-which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ. His goal is to influence and accelerate industry capability and adoption of high-performance principles across all aspects of asset creation, operation, maintenance and disposal. He has worked on developing new energy conservation legislation, in expanding the scope of sustainable design and training, as well as the creation of rigorous environmental management systems. He led the creation of real estate portfolio management; the establishment of performance measures linked to pay and budget; and was the project manager for the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Trade Center, then the second largest office building in the United States (344 M2 ). He has worked for GSA for more than 40 years and is a graduate of Yale University.

Folkert Kuipers, Ph.D.

Professor of Pediatrics, Head of the Laboratory of Pediatrics, University Medical Center Groningen (Umcg), Groningen, the Netherlands

Folkert Kuipers, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and head of the Laboratory of Pediatrics at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, the Netherlands. From September 2008-March 2016 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UMCG. He studied biology/biochemistry at the University of Groningen and received his Ph.D. degree in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen. His research program deals with regulation and development of lipid and cholesterol metabolism and transport in liver and intestine and with the interactions between carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in metabolic disorders associated with obesity and ageing. He is one of the initiators of the Alliance for Healthy Aging, a transatlantic network organization. He is (co-) author of >300 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised >25 Ph.D. theses. He served, amongst others, as member of the Scientific Committees of the European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (EASL), the European Lipoprotein Club (ELC) and the Dutch Atherosclerosis Society (DAS). Currently, he is a member of the Dutch Permanent National Committee Large Research Infrastructure and of the External Advisory Boards of the Pasteur Institute in Lille (France) and the Robert & Arlene Kogod Center for Aging Research at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA).

Steven Lockley, Ph.D.

Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Steven Lockley, Ph.D. is a Neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Affiliated Faculty in the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne and a Program Leader for the CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity in Australia.

Dr. Lockley received his BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from the University of Manchester, UK in 1992 and a Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Surrey after studying circadian rhythms in the blind. He has over 20 years’ experience on sleep and circadian rhythm research, and is a specialist in the effects of light on the circadian pacemaker and other ‘non-visual’ responses to light in sighted and blind individuals. He has studied the role of light timing, duration, intensity, wavelength and history and most notably to date, the wavelength sensitivity of the circadian photoreception system, supporting the remarkable earlier discovery of a novel non-rod, non-cone short-wavelength sensitive photoreceptor in ganglion cell layer of the human eye. Dr. Lockley has studied extensively the effects of blindness on sleep, circadian rhythm and alertness in laboratory and real-world settings, and has also studied the therapeutic benefits of light. He is currently performing functional ground, analog and flight tests of new ‘tunable’ solid-state lighting for the International Space Station. He has published more than 100 original reports, reviews, chapters and editorials on sleep and circadian rhythms and the NIH, NASA and others fund his research. He consults with a number of companies in the areas of sleep, circadian rhythms, light, jetlag and shiftwork. He recently co-authored ‘Sleep: A Very Short Introduction‘ from Oxford University Press.  https://sleep.med.harvard.edu/people/faculty/163

Vivian Loftness

FAIA, LEED AP, University Professor, Paul Mellon Professor, Andrew Mellon Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Vivian Loftness is a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplace of the future. She has served on ten National Academy of Science (NAS) panels, the NAS Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and has given four Congressional testimonies on sustainability. Vivian is recipient of the National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Sacred Tree Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). She received her BS and MS in Architecture from MIT and served on the National Boards of the USGBC, AIA Committee on the Environment, Green Building Alliance, Turner Sustainability, and the Global Assurance Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is a registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Veronique Roger, M.D.

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Consultant, Mayo Clinic

Véronique L. Roger, M.D., MPH, a graduate of the Paris, France Medical School and the Minnesota School of Public Health, is the Elizabeth C. Lane and Nadine M. Zimmerman Professor of Internal Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.  She is a cardiologist, epidemiologist, and outcomes researcher.  Her research program focuses on the occurrence and outcomes of cardiovascular diseases and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1996.  It is linked within the internationally recognized Rochester Epidemiology Project.

As the founding Director of the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science in Health Care Delivery, she was responsible for multicenter large scale data partnerships focused on the research use of clinical data. Dr. Roger leads one of 13 Clinical Data Research Networks funded by the U.S. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. These multisite data networks originate in healthcare systems and securely collect health information during the course of patient care. Dr. Roger serves on several national committees that focus on data sciences, the use of clinical data for research and pragmatic trials. As a clinician, researcher, and leader formally trained in medicine and epidemiology, Dr. Roger has extensive experience with the use of clinical data for research and improvement in the delivery of care.

She is currently serving as the research director of the Well Living Lab.

Amit Sood, M.D.

Author & Director of Research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic

Amit Sood, M.D., is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic and is a professor of medicine in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Sood has developed an innovative approach toward stress management and resiliency by incorporating concepts from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and spirituality. Several National Institutes of Health and foundation grants support his research into developing integrative and mind-body approaches in conventional medical care and promoting well-being. He is the author of the book, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed original articles, as well as editorials, and book chapters. In 2008, ODE Magazine named him as one of 20 “Intelligent Optimists,” who are helping the world become a better place.

Dr. Sood completed his internal medicine training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, an integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in clinical research at Mayo Clinic.

Paul Tang, M.D.

Vice President, Chief Health Transformation Officer, IBM Watson Health, Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) at Stanford University

At Watson Health, Dr. Tang is responsible for ensuring that IBM technologies, capabilities and data are applied to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, using cognitive insights.

Prior to coming to Watson Health, Dr. Tang was Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), overseeing the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, a disruptive innovation center focused on grand challenges in health. He was the first to implement an electronic health record system in California in 1999 and co-developed the personal health record system with Epic in 2000. Currently, over 86% of PAMF patients are using the personal health record system.

Dr. Tang has dedicated his professional career to improving the quality of health care in America, innovative uses of health information technology (HIT), empowering patients through HIT, and shaping public policy to enhance health and health care in the US. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and has served on numerous IOM study committees, including a patient-safety committee he chaired that published two reports: Patient Safety: A New Standard for Care, and Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System.

Dr. Tang received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University and is a Board-certified practicing Internist.